Antarctic ice melt causes small shift in gravity

Gravity — yes, gravity — is the latest victim of climate change in Antarctica. That’s the stunning conclusion announced Friday by the European Space Agency (ESA).

“The loss of ice from West Antarctica between 2009 and 2012 caused a dip in the gravity field over the region,” writes the ESA, whose GOCE satellite measured the change. Apparently, melting billions of tons of ice year after year has implications that would make even Isaac Newton blanch. Here’s the data visualized.

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Something else that is also happening due to this Antarctic ice melt but which no one seems to want to talk about – seriously – and it is this that because while one sides melt the other is piling on ice the Earth axis is actually shifting and a tilt could have rather devastating effect on life as we know it. Ed.